Planning a short trip around Mumbai? There are a number of tourist places where you can hop to, away yet closer to Mumbai.
Listed below are 10 such locations known for their serene beauty, calmness and adventure…
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in India’s forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is centuries-old Pratapgad Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.
Matheran is a most famous and coolest Hill Station situated in Karjat Tahsil, Raigad District of Maharashtra, India. Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. It is located on the range of Western Ghats at height of 800 m (2625 Feet) above sea level. Matheran is awesome place for to spend weekend. There are around 38 designated look-out points in Matheran.
- Lonavala & Khandala
Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are beautiful, charming and twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level and 5 Kms a part from each other are situated in the Sahyadri ranges. Lonavala is also known as the ‘Jewel of the Sahyadri’ is situated in the western part of Maharashtra. Khandala is smaller, quieter and calmer of the two, though browsing through Lonavala’s bazaar could yield some wonderful surprises. Both the hill stations are known for their scenic beauty, green hills, deep valleys, historic forts, lakes and waterfalls.
Alibaug is a coastal town in the Konkan region well known for its sandy beaches, clean water and fresh, unpolluted, rejuvenating air. This amazing one day getaway from Mumbai is perfect for a short escape. Apart from the beaches, there are many historical and intricate temples in this region which are also interesting for tourists here. A walk amidst dense, refreshing coconut groves could also be very enchanting and relaxing if you are looking for some solidarity.
- Saguna Baug
Saguna Baug is a pollution free picnic spot at Neral which is about 100 Kilometres near Mumbai. Saguna is a private farm house location spread over 55 acres covered by nature and greenery with 6 beautiful ponds. This farm located at Neral is yet another exciting destination worth spend a day with accommodation facilities in reasonable rates with enough activities ideal for a one day / overnight picnic and worth a leisure time spent in a pollution free nature.
Karjat is a popular weekend holiday destination from Mumbai. Scenic natural vistas, mountains, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples make Karjat, 68 km from Mumbai, popular among trekkers. Karjat has an average elevation of 636 ft. Its climate and scenic splendor make it convenient for adventure sports like trekking, waterfall climbing, rappelling and river rafting in river Ulhas.
Jawahar is he least known among hill stations near Mumbai. While, it shares a salubrious climate, picturesque waterfalls and scenic views with other hill stations near Mumbai. The place shares an interesting history of the tribal culture. It is home to Jai Vilas palace, the seat of erstwhile tribal kings. It is also an important centre for learning for Warli style of paintings. Far from the madding crowd, Jawahar is an excellent weekend getaway from Mumbai. Jawahar beckons travelers looking for “non-touristy” hill stations near Mumbai. Jawahar is surrounded by beautiful cashew trees.
Lavasa is an ideal getaway for a one day trip near Mumbai with family. The city is a beautiful project, stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino. Lavasa is a perfect blend of beauty and infrastructure. Lavasa is a privately planned hill city located near Pune in Maharashtra. This modern day hill station is an enjoyable retreat for all its visitors and has a lot to offer to its tourists from picturesque sceneries to an extremely well-developed infrastructure including hotels, resorts, educational institutes, malls, residential property, IT companies etc. Lavasa is turning out to be a new hangout for people looking for a small trip away from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life. It is absolutely a leisure holiday destination located in the middle of lush green hills
The beautiful hill town of Igatpuri is located high up in the mountains of the Western Ghats. Igatpuri is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It also has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri range. It is one of the best picnic spots near Mumbai in summer for people seeking peace and solace on their trip. The place is ideal for trekking and meditation.
- Raigad Rope Way
Raigad Ropeway is one of the most popular one day picnic spots near Mumbai in summer. The Ropeway traverses a diagonal length of 760 mtrs and a steep ascent of 420 mtrs, in 4 minutes flat! Gone are the days of torturous foots slogging of some 3 hours over 1450 steps. By the Ropeway, one reaches the top of the Fort through the whistling winds & clouds, completely fresh. Lush green flora criss-crossed with waterfalls and steep peaks is a Dream Land of immense beauty in a hiker’s paradise. Also famous for its Chatrapati Shivaji Museum, it offers a blend of natural beauty with rich historical sights and a hint of adventure.